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“We are certain that the remnants of Mubarak’s regime and his gang, and those that belong to it, and trying to bring back the former regime will fall flat and will land in the garbage bin of history,” he said.

He added if he is elected president he will seek to form a broad-based coalition government. A leading Brotherhood member, Mohammed el-Beltagy, said the meeting Saturday discussed proposals to appoint Sabahi and Abolfotoh as vice presidents.

Shafiq, the last prime minister to serve under Mubarak, spent much of his campaign for the first round criticizing the revolution that ousted his former boss. But on Saturday, he vowed there would be no “recreation of the old regime.”

“I am fed up with being labeled ‘old regime,’” Shafiq said at a news conference in his campaign headquarters in Cairo. “All Egyptians are part of the old regime.”

A former air force commander and a personal friend of Mubarak‘s, Shafiq was booted out of office by a wave of street protests shortly after Mubarak stepped down on Feb. 11, 2011.

The 15 months since Mubarak’s ouster have seen a surge in crime, a faltering economy and seemingly endless street protests, work stoppages and sit-ins. The disorder has fed disenchantment with the revolutionary groups, and played to Shafiq’s advantage as he portrayed himself as the candidate best placed to provide security.

But Shafiq is also associated with Egypt’s military leadership, which has been accused of mismanaging the transitional period and failing to reform corrupt institutions or to provide stability. They also have been widely blamed for the deaths of more than 100 protesters, the torture of detainees and holding military tribunals for at least 12,000 civilians.

Egypt has changed and there will be no turning back the clock,” said Shafiq, 70. “We have had a glorious revolution. I pay tribute to this glorious revolution and pledge to be faithful to its call for justice and freedom.”

Shafiq also tried to enlist the support of youth groups, singling out the large associations of soccer fans known as “ultras” and April 6, both of which played a key role in the uprising.

“Your revolution has been hijacked,” he said twice, “I pledge to bring its fruits between your hands.”

His outreach was swiftly rejected by the revolutionary group April 6.

Shafiq also held out the possibility of naming Sabahi as a deputy if elected president — an apparent bid to draw supporters of the third-place finisher to his side.

Sabahi later said he was not ready to accept the results that have been released by regional commissions. The Central Election Commission planned to release official results in the coming days. Those cannot be contested.

“We are waiting for official results. We will manage to contest in the runoff and succeed in fulfilling what we started,” Sabahi told a crowd of about 3,000 people outside his headquarters in Giza. Some broke out in tears.

Sabahi’s campaign manager, Hossam Mounis, said they had received video clips filmed by supporters showing violations, and complaints had been filed across the country to judges overseeing polling centers.

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